January 15, 2020

In the modern age of mixed martial arts, where outlandish bravado and themes such as disrespect, trash talk, and ruckus are regarded as the norm, there is one distinguishable value that separates superficial martial arts from true, authentic martial arts, honor.

Honor is one of the most important values of true martial arts because it speaks directly to an individual’s core morality. It is one of the highest moral principles and all true martial artists should practice exhibiting honor throughout their martial arts journey.

Simply put, honor is the act of living out the values of respect, duty, loyalty, integrity, courage, and selflessness in ever...

December 14, 2019

Whether it’s work, school, that upcoming event, or other commitments, there’s always something out there to stress us out. Unfortunately, we sometimes let the stress get to us and end up focusing on the negative things. As a result, we make ourselves miserable and sometimes take a long time to feel 100% again.

If you find that the first paragraph really speaks to you, then perhaps it’s time to combat the stress and find a way to keep yourself happy! After all, life is too short to focus on the negative stuff when there are so many other positive things out there. And at the end of the day, all you have is this life you’re leading – so why not str...

November 29, 2019

Cross-training refers to training in any sport or activity that isn’t in your usual practice, with the goal of improving performance. Cross-training can help you work on other muscle groups while also strengthening the ones that you use for martial arts. In combining methods from different activities, you can benefit from a very productive workout and improve your athleticism.

Here’s why cross-training is important for martial arts.

Train New Muscles and Strengthen your Body

If you’ve been practicing your martial arts for a long time, you could be only training a very specific set of muscles. Over time, your body will acclimate to repetitive exerci...

September 16, 2019

Are you interested in learning martial arts? If so, have you considered how important it is to find a knowledgeable, experienced & skilled martial arts instructor? It takes a highly trained and skilled individual to effectively teach martial arts. Whether it’s Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai (or anything in between), learning the arts requires years of dedication and effort. And if you want to learn the art yourself, you need to find a qualified martial arts instructor. At the American karate Institute, our award winning mma instructors  have the knowledge, experience, skill & dedication that is required to make a lasting i...

August 16, 2019

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is a 4,000 year old martial art that originates in Thailand and is sometimes called “the art of 8 limbs” because fighters use 8 weapons against their opponents: 2 fists, 2 elbows, 2 knees and 2 feet.

Muay Thai is an important part of Thai culture, where boys and young men from poor backgrounds can make a living by becoming fighters, and in the past 30 years it has become more and more popular in the west. In fact, much of modern-day MMA fighting incorporates strikes taken directly from Muay Thai, particularly elbow strikes, knee strikes, kicks and sweeping (where you ‘sweep’ your opponent off their feet onto the floor)...

July 14, 2019

Martial art virtues include such things as courage, discipline, and character development. Part of living 'The Way of the Warrior' is based on the role martial arts can have in helping a person develop character. And I do believe there is no more essential or defining aspect of a person than their character.  But what is it?

To me, a person of character lives by personal ethical virtues like honor, reliability, trustworthiness, and kindness. A person who has good character is thought to be especially worthy, virtuous, or admirable in terms of moral qualities. Character is comprised of those principles and value that give your life direction, mean...

June 30, 2019

Children and adults with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), often experience sensory overload, anxiety, restlessness, and chronic stress, which result in meltdowns, irregular sleeping patterns and poor attention spans. Partly, its due to their difficulty to filter background noises, and their poor ability to self-regulate. Children who struggle with sensory modulation difficulties often can’t participate in seated activities long enough to complete tasks and they may also display behavior that is not considered socially acceptable. Martial art...

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